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How to replace engine earth strap (also includes battery removal and upper earth)
Published by Andy Monty
11-01-2014
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How to replace engine earth strap (also includes battery removal and upper earth)

My sisters 500 was becoming a real swine to start so i went on a diagnostic fault finding hunting session..

Having done a load test of the battery to chassis then battery to engine block there was a high resistance problem between the battery / Chassis and the engine / gear box... ( a normal multi meter wouldn't show the fault but it jumped out when a 100a load was applied)



So first the earth strap in question there are 2 on the 500 the one i worked on is a 1.2 with start stop....

the upper cable which includes the quick release for the Battery sensor post is part number #00518676930

And the lower chassis to gear box link which i found at fault is Part number # 00517440280


But its not easy to get at so here we go......

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tools needed

Safety glasses

rubber gloves (both for handling battery)

insulation tape

Socket set with 13 mm socket and extension bar

Long nose pliers

small wire brush

10 mm combination spanner

battery terminal grease

Release oil if needed

Battery terminal grease (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

underseal or cavity wax ((optional))

And new earth strap

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Open bonnet and remove the quick release negative post by pressing the red button and pulling it upwards

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Next remove the NEGATIVE battery sensor with a 10 mm spanner (( ITS always good practice to remove the negative post first on a negative earth vehicle))

DO NOT LEAVE THE SENSOR DANGLING PLACE IT ON THE SCUTTLE TO AVOID DAMAGING THE WIRING





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remove the live cable in the same way and tuck out the way

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Ideally now use a bit of tape to insulate the battery terminals whilst its off the car....


Using a 13mm socket undo the battery retaining clamp and strap
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Then take care and lift the battery out of the car (its heavy)

then use the needle nose pliers to release the cable clips at the back of the battery tray

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Next remove the plastic liner and drain tube ((TAKE CARE THIS MIGHT HAVE ACID ON IT IF THE BATTERY HAS LEAKED IN THE PAST))


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Now remove the 2 bolts and 1 nut holding the metal battery tray in place using a 13mm socket

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now we are slowly getting somewhere


Now remove the clutch slave using a 13 mm socket and ease it out of the way


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Now you can get to the gear box end of the cable and undo the 13 mm nut

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next undo the 13mm bolt on the chassis leg which also holds the upper earth cable


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You can see the level of oxidisation which has been causing the problems....




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So now its off

clean all the contact areas with a wire brush

i packed the new cable with Battery grease to protect it from moisture in the future

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i sprayed plenty in till it came out the other end then wiggled the plastic sleeve about to spread it about inside and repeated a couple of times

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once refitted cover all terminals and crimp lugs when tight as well

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and put back together..

REMEMBER DO NOT

over tighten clutch slave its only plastic... and ensure the ball joint on the piston sits into the clutch actuator arm...



also live terminal on first then negative


then blather the battery terminals with grease


Hopefully thats the problem cured



Big thanks to Neil at @Sturgess Motor Group for getting me the part delivered for a great price....




This guide will also be useful for the Panda and the new Ford KA as its the same set up but stoneacre wanted the best part of 30 for the cable from the ford part system
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Re: How to replace engine earth strap (also includes battery removal and upper earth)

may i ask where you purchased the new earth strap and how much ? many thanks
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Re: How to replace engine earth strap (also includes battery removal and upper earth)

Quote Originally Posted by boatboy121 View Post
may i ask where you purchased the new earth strap and how much ? many thanks

Fiat think it was about 25

Ford wanted about 40!!! Same part is on the ka
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Re: How to replace engine earth strap (also includes battery removal and upper earth)

Your earth strap tutorial is excellent. I'm an amateur, but with 40 years of vehicle repair experience I feel confident I can do that job.

The bigger question is: my wife is complaining that the 500 is not starting as quickly as it used to, and the check engine light is intermittent, on once every few days.

Fuel tank cap has been replaced and is secure. That seems to be the advice of everyone. Secure or replace the fuel tank cap.

Does this seem like a good candidate for earth strap replacement?
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Re: How to replace engine earth strap (also includes battery removal and upper earth)

Can I just ask what were the initial symptoms? Was the engine not starting? Was it starting but not on first key turn?

My wife's TA has this weird issue where sometimes, after you switch on ignition then turn the key to crank the engine, nothing happens. In order to start the engine you have to turn the key a second time and go straight for cranking the engine without pausing for ignition on.
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